April | 2020 | White Bird Clinic

Shelter-in-Place Supply Drive

White Bird Clinic at 341 E 12th Ave. is operating as a distribution site for people experiencing homelessness. Unhoused individuals can access resources, pick-up supplies, and learn about COVID-19 prevention and symptoms.

Individuals who are already safely sheltering in place elsewhere are advised to stay where they are and access supplies through the distribution site or outreach teams. We need help supplying these folks with tents and tarps, sleeping bags, and personal care items that can help to clean, comfort, and groom a person’s body while they are sheltering-in-place.

Items can be dropped off between 9am and 5pm or you can contact us to arrange for a pickup.

You can also support our efforts by donating directly to our COVID-19 campaign. We’re in this together ❤️

COVID-19 Centro de Recursos

Ahora Abierto

Punto de registro de lugares temporarios de refugio, suministro para tiendas de campana, evaluación de COVID-19, ropa, agua potable, estaciones de para lavarse las manos, y baños. Abierto diariamente de 9am a 5pm

341 E 12th Ave, Eugene, OR
541-342-8255

Recursos de la comunidad


Ayude a proteger nuestra comunidad

Estas son algunas ideas para mantenerse seguro

Mantenga su lugar limpio

Limpie toda las superficies que sus manos hayan tocado, antes y después de ser usadas, con tallas desinfectantes, alcohol (de al menos 60%), o cloro (agua lavandina).

Si usted se enferma

Quédese en casa si usted puede y trate de minimizar el contacto cercano con otras personas. Controle su fiebre, y evite estar con otros mientras usted este enfermos. Si usted tienen que estar alrededor de otras personas, use un barbijo así de esta manera usted no tose en los demás y transmite el virus. Si los síntomas se transforman en severos, valla al servicio médico de urgencia o al departamento de emergencia.

Cuide de usted mismo

Si usted está en cuarentena, atienda su salud mental y asegúrese de tener todo lo indispensable y el mayor apoyo posible (apoyo emocional, alimentos, higiene, medicamentos, económico) White Bird Clinic tiene servicios de telesalud, consejería, tratamientos de salud mental y los beneficios de servicios de asistencia están disponibles para ayudar.


Servicios de Crisis: White Bird es el servicio primario de Lane County de servicio gratis de intervención de crisis. Por más de 50 años, nosotros hemos estado ofreciendo servicio inmediato, a corto plazo, por teléfono las 24 horas del día.

541-687-4000
1-800-422-7558

CAHOOTS: Asistencia de ayuda en caso de crisis en las calles CAHOOTS provee 24/7 inmediata estabilización en caso de urgencia médica o crisis psicológica, información y referidos, consejería, y asesoramiento en los pasos a seguir en terapia.

Eugene: (541) 682-5111
Springfield: (541) 726-3714

Completed Masks

Mask Makers Wanted

White Bird is collecting masks that meets local and national guidelines for safe use and actively recruiting community members to assist us in the sewing and construction of Personal Protective Equipment. If you have the interest, skills in sewing, and access to sewing machine or tools of your own, please complete the contact form below.  White Bird is providing materials to volunteers and will handle sterilization of completed gear prior to use and distribution where appropriate.

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COVID-19 Resource Center

White Bird Clinic has partnered with the City of Eugene, Carry it Forward, and Lane County to develop a comprehensive sheltering system that will allow unhoused individuals to choose the shelter option that best meets their needs. Providing unhoused individuals a place to shelter-in-place along with the rest of the community improves public health and reduces morbidity and mortality from COVID-19. Supporting community-wide sheltering in place is the surest way to protect the whole community’s health.

 

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White Bird will operate the system’s resource distribution hub, providing tents, sleeping bags, clothing, and personal hygiene items. Diverse sheltering options are offered as available: support services for an existing encampment, motel rooms for individuals diagnosed with COVID-19, indoor shelters, and designated temporary shelter sites. Camp sites and shelters host food distribution, hygiene facilities, and social services upon request.

Designated temporary shelter sites are locations where small groups of people (up to 10 people or 6 tents) can camp in tents or vehicles with appropriate social distancing, and will be supported with hygiene stations (portable restrooms and handwashing stations), food and supplies, and welfare checks. The locations will also have privacy fencing in place to help support the security of the site. The sites are managed by White Bird and Carry It Forward, local homeless service providers.

Why are these sites being established?
Based on CDC guidelines, the City of Eugene is working with our partners at Lane County and Springfield to reduce the need for people to travel around the community to access basic needs and shelter. Reducing this movement helps protect everyone. Since these vulnerable community members may not have a home to “stay home” in, we are working to help them shelter in place or create places where they can be safely. In addition to our mobile homeless outreach teams and hygiene stations, designated temporary shelter sites are another strategy to help flatten the curve and reduce community transmission of COVID-19.

Why are they located in our community center parking lots?
As a result of the current Stay Home Save Lives order, City community centers are closed to the public at this time. The closure of the centers provides the opportunity to utilize currently unused parking lot space to create small, temporary sites for people who need a place to take shelter. The configuration and location of the sites support CDC recommendations for social distancing for people who are unhoused and allows them to be secure and managed by local social service providers. In addition, having people on-site at the closed community centers may also help reduce negative activity at the centers as there will be people nearby to discourage that activity.

In addition, as part of its COVID-19 response, Lane County has also established two temporary respite sites where unhoused individuals can receive services, including a safe place to sleep, meals, showers and medical screenings. The first site, in Eugene, is the Lane County Fairgrounds. People showing no symptoms or signs of illness will be placed in the convention center. Those who are showing signs of illness will be directed to the Wheeler Pavilion. The second site, in Springfield, is the Memorial Building, owned by Willamalane Park and Recreation District.

Lane County has contracted with St. Vincent de Paul to operate the shelter aspect of these sites and is working with Occupy Medical as the medical screening resource. Participation in the service is voluntary. Only the individuals staying at one of the locations overnight will have access to the facilities.

Who will be at the designated temporary shelter sites?
The sites will be designated for people experiencing homelessness who are unable to find shelter. In order to get an assigned space at the shelter sites, individuals need to check-in at the White Bird distribution site first and receive a basic medical screening. Asymptomatic high-risk individuals, such as people over 65 or with certain underlying health conditions (respiratory, compromised immunities, chronic disease) may be prioritized for these sites.

How long will they be located here?
We don’t have a specific timeline at this point, but we anticipate it will be for the duration of the Stay Home, Save Lives order.

How will the sites be managed?
The sites will be managed by local social service providers, White Bird and Carry It Forward. Site staff will provide ongoing health check-ins with shelter site participants and general upkeep of the site to help ensure the health and safety of individuals at the site and minimize impacts to the surrounding area and neighborhood.

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Who do I contact if I have a concern?
For specific site concerns you can contact Alex Farmer with White Bird Clinic at 541-342-8255. For questions for the City, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 541-682-5010.

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White Bird Clinic Receives $675,000 as Part of CARES Act

More Funding Critical as Health Centers Face Financial Uncertainty Due to Pandemic

It was announced Tuesday that 30 Oregon Community Health Centers (CHCs) will receive more than $23 million in federal funds to help health centers detect, prevent, diagnose, and treat those dealing with COVID-19, as well as maintain or increase health capacity and staffing levels to address this public health emergency. Awards in Oregon range from about $522,000 to a little over $1.7 million per health center.

Health center funding is being made available immediately, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health and Human Services (HHS). HHS, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $1.3 billion to 1,387 health centers across the nation as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act.

“Oregon’s CHCs are thankful for this supplemental funding during these unprecedented times,” said Joan Watson-Patko, OPCA’s Executive Director. “However, the fact remains that additional immediate emergency funding is essential in order to keep health centers open. Oregon’s health centers have stepped up to meet the needs of the communities they serve to care for patients in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and in doing so, face huge financial losses that could impact their ability to provide care. Recent analysis estimates the financial impact of COVID-19 to health centers in Oregon is over $57 million.”

White Bird Clinic, for example, has stood up additional services and programs at significant cost and strain to existing operations. “Additional emergency dollars have made it possible for health centers to innovate and respond to their communities,” said Chris Hecht, executive coordinator at White Bird Clinic in Eugene. “However, the investments made today do not support the long-term viability of community health centers. Our programs have reduced hours and services and we’re furloughing staff to support our response to the current crisis. When it’s over, many health centers may not have the resources to reopen closed programs.”

White Bird Clinic provides primary care and dental services, a drug and alcohol treatment program, crisis intervention, and homeless case management with priority to those who are unserved, underinsured, disabled and/or homeless. “Community health centers are uniquely positioned in the health care system to immediately respond to emerging community needs in a way that isn’t possible for our government or larger health system partners,” said Hecht.

Federal Community Health Center funding is set to expire on Nov. 30 without action by Congress. “Ensuring long-term stable funding for community Health Centers is critical so Oregon CHCs can continue to provide care now during this pandemic and in the future,” said Watson-Patko. “As part of the largest primary care network in the United States, our health centers remain committed to keeping their doors open and to providing care to people who may otherwise not have access to services and those hardest hit during economic downturns.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act Supplemental Funding

$23,256,870 to support 30 health centers

HEALTH CENTER GRANTEE CITY STATE FUNDING AMOUNT
ADAPT ROSEBURG OR $567,350
ASHER COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER FOSSIL OR $522,530
BANDON COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER BANDON OR $551,075
BENTON COUNTY CORVALLIS OR $711,800
CENTRAL CITY CONCERN PORTLAND OR $663,530
CLACKAMAS, COUNTY OF OREGON CITY OR $859,565
COLUMBIA RIVER COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES BOARDMAN OR $600,230
COUNTY OF LANE EUGENE OR $1,102,715
KLAMATH HEALTH PARTNERS INC KLAMATH FALLS OR $704,840
LA CLINICA DEL VALLE FAMILY HEALTH CARE CENTER INC MEDFORD OR $1,166,525
LAPINE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER LA PINE OR $637,175
LINCOLN, COUNTY OF NEWPORT OR $608,360
MOSAICMEDICAL PRINEVILLE OR $930,515
MULTNOMAH, COUNTY OF PORTLAND OR $1,763,780
NATIVE AMERICAN REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION INC PORTLAND OR $581,345
NEIGHBORHOOD HEALTH CENTER PORTLAND OR $872,150
NORTHWEST HUMAN SERVICES, INC. SALEM OR $733,175
ONE COMMUNITY HEALTH HOOD RIVER OR $750,950
OREGON HEALTH & SCIENCE UNIVERSITY PORTLAND OR $777,770
OUTSIDE IN PORTLAND OR $640,580
RINEHART MEDICAL CLINIC WHEELER OR $522,680
ROGUE COMMUNITY HEALTH MEDFORD OR $747,845
SISKIYOU COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC. GRANTS PASS OR $830,930
TILLAMOOK COUNTY TILLAMOOK OR $597,005
UMPQUA COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER, INC ROSEBURG OR $740,945
VIRGINIA GARCIA MEMORIAL HEALTH CENTER ALOHA OR $1,578,245
WALLACE MEDICAL CONCERN, THE PORTLAND OR $653,195
WATERFALL CLINIC, INCORPORATED NORTH BEND OR $576,590
WHITE BIRD CLINIC EUGENE OR $675,860
WINDING WATERS MEDICAL CLINIC ENTERPRISE OR $587,615

About CHCs:

Oregon’s community health centers deliver integrated medical, dental and behavioral health services to many of the state’s most vulnerable communities through over 200 locations statewide. Over 430,000 Oregonians receive their care at a community health center, including one in four people on the Oregon Health Plan. Over 73% of patients live below the poverty line, and 94% live at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. Over 75% of community health centers have clinic sites serving rural communities, 30% of Oregon’s community health centers are federally recognized as Health Care for the Homeless locations, and 33% are designated as Migrant Health Centers.

Friday Whiteaker Food Distribution

White Bird in collaboration with the Mission, NAACP, and CALC will be distributing food to unhoused folks on Fridays between noon and 1pm. We’ll be set up in the front yard of CALC which is on Blair opposite New Day Bakery.

Almuerzo Gratis los Viernes!

Un almuerzo para llevar es disponible para todos los miembros de la comunidad cada viernes por la tarde en Whiteaker!

Porqué acceso a comida es un derechos humano.

White Bird Clinic, Community Alliance of Lane County (CALC), NAACP Eugene Springfield Oregon Unit 1119, y Eugene Mission estan comprometidos a servir y habilitar a todas las comunidades marginalizadas cuyas necesidades no se satisfacen durante esta pandemia. Hispanohablantes disponibles. No se requiere identificación personal.

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